Hello! This might be insensitive to ask, because I can clearly see how busy you are, but it would be really awesome if you could do a fan-art base on the novel, 'All You Need Is Kill,' which has been adapted into a manga by renowned artist, Takeshi Obata. The machima vs monsters looks like something that may interest you, & your style of drawing truly gives off that feeling that can capture the story's content & themes. Sincerely, the Hopeful Dreamer.
I checked it out just now, it seems like an interesting premise. Funny how Amurricans are adapting it into a tom cruise movie. I’m pretty busy this week but maybe if I ever have the time. I do like them bots vs monsters!
Hi! I was wondering how long it took you to get where you are now in terms of art and how do you get over art block? I know all you really can do is improve with practice but it's just kind of disheartening when you hit a wall y'know? Cudos :)
Art was always a thing I enjoyed, but I didn’t get really serious about it until high school. Probably because at that point I realized I needed to start thinking of a career. Art was a really bad idea. Not because I dont enjoy it, but because it’s just a bad idea. But now I’m stuck with it and the only path is forward.
Anyway I’m spiralling offtopic. Art blocks! I think I’ve addressed this before, but art block issue never go away so its always a relevant question to ponder. Technically, I suffer from them a lot. To be honest, I never specifically target them. I just weather the storm and take a break. Usually you’ll come across something that’ll kick you back into drawing gear again as long as you keep yourself engaged with interesting material, whether it be books, friends, movies, bizarre nature facts, so on. There’s no point stressing out about art block cause that’s just going to make you hate yourself more.
Remember that art blocks technically don’t exist, especially If you’ve been suffering for months and can’t handle it anymore. It’s all in your mind. The more you tell yourself you need to break through an art block, the more you convince yourself it’s there in your way. It helps to break it down into pieces, if you label your problem as a hulking megalith called “ART BLOCK” you’ll feel helpless because you won’t know where to stab it first. Draw a picture, figure out why you’re dissatisfied with your art at the moment. Then keep mental notes on what you need to figure out for next time. Keep working on it bit by bit.
Hope that helps somehow, good luck.
For the longest time, I did not know how to advance my art. I found your art and was put off by it. Not because you were better although that's partial the reason, it was mainly because I know I was capable of that kind of work but couldn't figure out how to do it. So I scroll through your asks and read through your advice. It has had to be the best thing that's happened to my art since I figured out the tablet. Honest to god aside from cliche's Thanks for being open about art advice. It helped.
This means a lot to me. I mean it.
I’ll do my best to share what I can. I’m very happy if my answers have had a positive effect on your progress as an artist. I think answering asks has actually helped me as well, in the sense that it makes me think over my processes and how to tackle those pesky art struggles. A lot of the time I’m facing the exact same problem as the person that sent the ask, so it’s less of me dishing out advice than trying to figure it out together with the asker in a sense. Nobody stops learning as an artist (or ever)!
Hey Max!! I know you're probably busy but you've been one of the best people to go to for advice so I hoped I could ask you! I've recently started school so I've had no time for drawing; on top of that, I was going through a year-long art block with absolutely no production and I was just wondering what the heck you do when you're struggling to get going again (if you ever do)!! I can definitely see a decline already in skill so it's not too encouraging. 8((
In this case I say take a moment to consider why you’re struggling the way you are. For instance, you might say “laziness/lack of motivation”, but then consider what causes that as well. Are you unsatisfied with your skill level or style, which feeds into a sense of crippling negativity? Do you bump into things you don’t know how to do, which causes you to hesitate? Or maybe other things are distracting you, whether it be life responsibilities or other interests that are calling your attention more than art at the moment. So on so forth.
Even if you find your reason isn’t any of the above, it’s ok. Once you know the source of the problem, you can go about trying to counter it. The hardest part is accepting the weaknesses that cause these problems for you. But once you get over that mental hurdle (“ok I AM bad at such-and-such, and being sad about it wont change it, nor will quitting”) you can convert all that negative energy into a specific plan of action.
Inspirational art can help too, but I know for some it can also be depressing. If you’re the kind that sees really cool art and loves it, but feel like “I’ll never be that good”, then look at other things that are artistic and inspiring without that sense of self-comparison. For example if you want to become a concept artist, don’t look at pro concept artist work but instead fashion, architecture, nature, sculpture, etc. Fields that overlap with yours, but aren’t the same.
I sense it wasn’t very specific of an answer…….I hope I could help in some way. I’m rooting for you! Go do it!
Giveaway winners have been RNG’d and contacted!
Wish I could draw you all things but alas, I am not so productive.
Winners have two days to respond, or I will randomly pick a new person in your place!
Thank you again everyone!
EDIT: One person did not respond within the time limit, so another was picked.
hello frend pls draw elsa from the "frozen"
I wanted to ever since watching the movie but I don’t know if I can do her justice. magnificence level so high.
You're style of drawing is very unique, ^^ What are some of your sources of inspiration ? (for example, had any specific games, tv shows or artists contributed to the process of your artworks ~ ? )
My all-time favorite artist list would probably be the below (in no particular order). By “all-time” I mean I’ve been following their work for a loooong time and they’ve inspired me to try stuff in my own art, though I’m not sure how much of it reflects in my style. The list is all over the place in terms of styles, so maybe my own is some kind of mashy frankeinstein.
Wayne Barlowe - particularly the Dante’s Inferno game and his own series of Hell depictions
Iain McCaig - his Star Wars designs, particularly for Padme
Lim Haksu - his work on Soulless character and monster designs. This guy can make a penis-boob-ballsack-claw-creature look cool
Yoji Shinkawa - Metal Gear Solid and Zone of the Enders work
CGHub Artists - (I recommend cghub.com if you want to see a ton of neat concept art all in one place, though the subject matter tends to fall into 1)hot chicks 2)robots 3)monsters 4) hot chicks with robots and monsters)
Blizzard Artists - (particularly Diablo 3 and Starcraft, Phroilan Gardner, etc)
Riot Artists (particularly Eion Colgan)
Whoever did the art for Prince of Persia - (its been 4 years of searching and I still don’t know who the poor bloke is)
Gian Lorenzo Bernini
John William Waterhouse
William Adolphe Bouguereau
As for other sources, I look at a lot of historic/cultural clothing, architecture and sculpture, technological/sci-fi things, and animals/insects. Just whatever catches my eye.
Your art is beautiful! I love how you paint. And they look like they're glowing! How do you do that?
Thanks! It’s probably the way I tend to pick colors and shade. If something’s a cool color, I’ll shade with a warm color. Or if something’s a warm color, I highlight with a cool color. Or some mix of that. I sometimes like to try out weird color combos, like gold shaded with purple, or blonde hair with a really bright neon-teal-white…sometimes it gets really muddy but other times it works out. I’m pretty sure it’s that transition from warm to cool that gives a glowing effect in some of my pictures.